The Bucks broke their losing streak with a huge walk-off win as they took down the Border Cats 8-7 in 11 innings. The Bucks got an early lead but the visitors came back to tie the game and send it into extras, where Thomas Lindauer hit the game winning RBI and give the Bucks the win.
After giving up one run in the top of the first, the Bucks came back to grab the lead in the bottom of the inning. Thomas Lindauer doubled to start off the inning. Benny Roberts walked and both were advanced on a throw to second that went into center field. Austin Barrett drove in one with a sacrifice fly and Kevin Kaczmarski singled to score another, giving the Bucks a 2-1 lead.
The visitors would tie the game in the second but the Bucks came back and scored two in the bottom of the inning. Jason Hockemeyer tripled and was driven in on an RBI groundout by Jordan Adams. The other run came when Davis Hendrickson hit his third home run of the year over the left right field wall.
The Bucks scored two more for the third inning in a row in the bottom of the third when Kevin Kaczmarski drove himself and Austin Barrett in with his team-leading sixth home run of the season. A sacrifice fly in the 4th inning by Lindauer gave the Bucks a 7-2 lead.
The Border Cats would come back and tie the game with three and two run innings in the 5th and 6th innings respectively. The next three innings would go scoreless including the Bucks striking out looking three times in a row in the bottom of the 9th to send the game to extras.
The 10th inning was scoreless. Kellen Camus left two Border Cat runners stranded to prevent any runs from scoring. Austin Barrett led the bottom of the inning off but the Bucks failed to convert it into any runs.
Kellen Camus would go 1-2-3 in the top of the 11th to set things up for the Bucks for a walk-off win, which the Bucks took advantage of. Jordan Adams reached on an infield single to start the inning. Connor Cline came and pinch ran for him and reached second on a David Hendrickson bunt and Lindauer drove him in with a single to give the Bucks the win.
The Bucks pitching was somewhat inconsistent but they succeeded in the end. Derek Lamacchia started the game and went five innings, giving up five runs while striking out four and walking four. Micah Bryan, usually a starter, came out of the bullpen and pitched one inning and gave up two runs. Chris Dunn was the third Bucks pitcher and he went shutout 1.2 innings. The final pitcher on the night was Kellen Camus, who got the win by pitching 3.1 shutout innings with six strikeouts.
A milestone was also reached in this game. Bucks pitcher Derek Lamacchia threw his 100th strikeout as a member of the Bucks in the 4th inning. This tied him for 10th all-time in the Bucks career strikeout list.
Next up the Bucks travel to Willmar for a two game series before returning home on Tuesday, July 17 for a three game set against the St. Cloud Rox. First pitch for tomorrow’s game is set for 6:05 pm; remember to check out waterloobucks.com for all your latest Bucks information.